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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book Page Wreath Tutorial

 Written by Cathy Carroll for Vintage, Paint and more...

Good morning friends.
I have a tutorial for you this morning.
Last year I made a rather large book page wreath to hang over our mantel.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - large book page wreath

I am in love with it and everyone that sees it has fallen in love with it.
Needless to say I have had many requests on how to do this.
I had found the instructions on the Internet
alas when I went to find them to give to others they are no where to be found.
So, today I have written a tutorial on how to make one.
Be fore warned this post is picture heavy however,
when I was trying to make mine
there were very few pictures and I had a little trouble.
So, in order to make it a little easier for others I have taken a lot of pics
to try to show each and every step.
So, let's get to it....

You will need:
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - supplies used - a book, glue gun, stapler, and piece of foam core
An old book preferably with some brown discolored aging
going on - on the edges of the pages.
I used this old Reader's Digest Condensed Books Book given to me.
You will also need
glue gun and glue sticks
about a 10" piece of twine
a piece of foam core
(I got mine at Dollar Tree)

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - page torn from book showing aging on edges
First tear out about 75 pages.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial  - proper way to roll pages
Fold each page into a cone
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - correct placement of staple
staple at the bottom point.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - a basket of finished pages rolled
Do each page and you will have a basket full of cones like this....

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - drawing of wreath form on foam core
Next, draw your base onto the foam core.
I used a 9" dinner plate for the large circle
a small bowl for the center.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - cut out wreath form
Cut it out with an exacto knife.
It doesn't have to be perfect - you will not see any of this when done.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - placing loop of twine to hang wreath with
Take your piece of twine and tie it around your form for a hanger.
I tied it on both sides for stability.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - placement of paper rolls on wreath form
Now, we start the first row. 
Using hot glue - glue your cones facing down onto the form...
They will look like the above picture.
This is actually the back of your wreath and will make sense as we proceed.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - first row placement of rolled pages
Continue gluing them all the way around the circle.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial  - finished first row
It will look like this when you finish this row.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - front of wreath with first row finished
Turn it over now so it looks like this
we will start the second row.
This back row helps cover the foam core and gives it some of its fullness.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - starting second row
The second row is glued on so that each cone is actually
sitting in the little space made by two cone meeting on the back row.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - finished second row...
Keep gluing all around the form.
It will look like this when done.
Not too lovely but, getting there.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - adding third row of pages to wreath
On the third row you continue to glue in the same manner as the last row.
However, place the cone so that it hangs over into the circle in the center.
This will give you the shape of the wreath.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - finishing the back
The tabs that are hanging over into the circle will be folded over
and glued down on the back
as above.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - finished back

The back will look like this when you are done with row three.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - adding the last row.
For the last row glue the back of the cone and then
place it
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - placing the page rolls
on the cones in the previous row. 
Just attach it to the cones.
You will have a longer tab in the circle this time.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - continuing last row placement
You can see here I have two in this row right now
just continue around the circle
placing them in this manner.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - finishing the back after last row applied
Again on the back side of the wreath -
fold the tabs of the cones back and glue in place.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - a view of finished back of wreath

The back will look like this.
Very neat with every tab glued down so they do not show from the front.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - finished small size wreath
The front will look like this.
( For some reason the sun shining in makes it look pinkish in this picture)
This is much smaller than the first one I made.
Book Page Wreath Tutorial - finished large size wreath
The first one I made had seven rows of cones.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - Christmas mantel showing large book page wreath

Here it is over our mantel last Christmas.
It is large and makes quite a statement all on its own....

Book Page Wreath Tutorial - small finished wreath
I made this one smaller as it is headed to the church for an auction
this weekend
most people do not have a space for a large one like
the first one.
This one is the size of a regular wreath
I actually made two of these in one afternoon.
They are so easy and take very little time.
So what do you think?
Think you may try your own?

Until next time have a great day
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  1. I love it!! Such a great tutorial, pinning! I would love it if you shared at our wowza weekend link party!!

  2. This is so pretty! I may have to find a book to tear apart!

  3. Cathy this is so pretty and thank your for the great detailed tutorial. I think after reading this I could make one of these wreaths for sure! Thanks for linking up to TTF!

  4. Beautiful! Looks awesome over your mantel.

  5. I love how your paper wreath turned out! & thanks for sharing how you made it. Theresa @DearCreatives

  6. I've been wanting to make one of these for some time. I have the perfect book for this. Thanks for sharing how inexpensive and easy it is!!!

  7. Hi what a beautiful job you did making this wreath, so pretty. I saw it on lemon paper design. Julie at

  8. So pretty and what an amazing tutorial! Visiting from Nifty Thrifty :) Have a great Sunday!

  9. It looks like you spent hours on this wreath but after going through your excellent tutorial, I have to try this. You make it look so easy! How pretty and unique! Visiting from A Bouquet of Talent Link Party!

  10. Great tutorial! I would love to try and make it this year!

  11. I've been meaning to make one, and have a few tutorials pinned but yours is really good and easy to follow! Thank you! Julia

  12. I have been wondering how to make one of these gorgeous wreaths! Pinning to make one for later!
    Elizabeth @ Real Inspired

  13. SO AWESOME! I love how this turned out. It probably took a lot of patience, but it turned out great. Thanks so much for linking up to The DIY'ers!

  14. I have been wanting to make one of these for a long time. Yours looks beautiful. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Fall into Fall party that opens each Tuesday night at 8pm EST. Hope

  15. This is so beautiful, Cathy! Such a creative way to use book pages. I'm one of the many you can add to your list of people who have fallen in love with your wreath!
    Would love if you linked this up at the Handmade Holiday Party :). Hope to see you there!

  16. Ilove your wreath and such a fabulous detailed tutorial too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  17. Love that you included step by step pics to really show how this can be created. Great 'up-cycle' way to use old books. Beautiful.

  18. This is so pretty. Thanks for sharing at the Handmade Holiday Link Party.

  19. This is a beautiful wreath, I have seen similar ones but was looking for a tutorial. Your pictures are very helpful, i will be pinning and trying this soon! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Cathy, I love it! I made one for Christmas and one for Valentines a couple years ago. I attached them a bit differently. Gave it a little different look. I like how you turned it over and tucked them underneath. I applied all of mine to the front. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. That is fantastic. I am making one of these in 2014 for sure. It is on my to do list. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Absolutely FABULOUS!!!! LOVE it and thanks for sharing! : ) hugs...

  23. Oh wow!!! I love this!
    What a great idea to use book pages!

  24. Beautiful work. Featured and PINNED! Linda

  25. Stunning! Love the recycling aspect of this art! Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise! Your post is featured at this weeks party I can’t wait to see what you share this week! I am currently accepting posts for themed bloggers showcase/roundups and would love for you to participate! Go here for the details and to join in on the fun! Cathy @

  26. That is quite possibly the best book page wreath tutorial I've seen. Thanks for all of the pictures!

  27. Yes, I am going to make one. I am so appreciative of your photo tutorial. Makes so much more sense. Thank you!

  28. Hi stopping by to let you know you have been featured this week at One More Time Events…. Hope you can join in again this week….Thank you for sharing…Tammy

  29. So pretty! I love making these wreaths! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  30. This is beautiful - thanks for the great tutorial!


  31. Hi! I wanted to let you know that your beautiful book wreath is being featured this week by one of the co-hosts of the Link It or Lump it Party! Come on over and grab a ‘I was featured’ button and don’t forget to link up again! – Melissa @ Two It Yourself

  32. Really beautiful Cathy! Recycling at it's best!

  33. Great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing. I have made some book wreaths. I really like the way you have made yours. It seems so much easier than how I have been doing it. Linda

  34. this is a great tutorial - I've made the wreaths - but never taken the time to do this --- I'mm pinning to my "paper" board.

  35. I have been saving this tutorial for the proper time, and yesterday I found an old damaged hymnal for $3. It took me all afternoon to make the wreath; however, I am so absolutely thrilled with it. Thank you again for your inspiring blog!

  36. I'm going to hobby lobby to find me a book with loud colors : I love this wreath. can"t find the print button.

  37. Cathy! Thank you for sharing. I have a huge wall and wanted to make some shelves out of books. This would be awesome next to the shelves. I was wondering how large your foam base was and if you did one layer on the backside for the larger one?

    1. This is actually foam core that you buy for projects at the hobby and craft stores - they also sell it at Dollar Tree if there is one close to you. I used a 9" dinner plate to draw my circle to cut the base. The center was a small bowl we have so that the form is probably about 4" wide. This make a very large wreath and easily will be the main focus of any wall.

  38. Is the 9 inch circle for the small or large wreath indoor tutorial? If its for the small, how big was the foam circle you used for the large wreath with 7 layers?

  39. Love this art project!! I would like to try making both sizes (the 4 row and the 7 row)...what measurements do you suggest for the 7 row wreath, and is there anything else you do differently?

  40. I totally live this wreath!! Your pictures are so helpful!
    Fortunately I help out at our library and can have as many discarded books as I want....I was looking for something beautiful to do with them and this is perfect! I'm going to display one in the library case and maybe make some heart shaped ones for Valentine's Day!!!♡

  41. Has anyone had any luck with "sealing" the pages to keep them from wilting in humidity?

  42. thanks for your GREAT instructions and pictures! this is my next project.